MICHELIN tires are standard on the 2014 CHEVROLET Corvette Stingray Convertible

As the exclusive tire supplier for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Michelin today celebrates Chevrolet’s introduction of the iconic convertible as it takes center stage at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Michelin, the world’s leading tire manufacturer, recently marked a milestone at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in January with the announcement that MICHELIN® tires are—for the first time—the exclusive original equipment tire on the complete line-up of 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray models.

The Corvette Stingray convertible will use the same chassis and the same standard tires as the coupe, MICHELIN Pilot® Super Sport® ZP tire, an ultra-high performance tire developed specifically for the Corvette through a relationship that began on the racetracks of the American Le Mans Series.

Being selected as the exclusive fitment on the Corvette Stingray marks a significant achievement for Michelin, after the tire giant also gained tire fitments for the 2009 Corvette ZR1 and 2011 Corvette Z06.

“The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport ZP tire exemplifies Michelin’s commitment to innovation and our aim to bring in the best performances together in every tire we make,” said John Moloney, vice president of original equipment marketing at Michelin North America. “The proof is in the performance; owners of the 2014 Corvette Stingray will enjoy a tire that is tuned specifically for their vehicle and delivers the roadhandling, grip, cornering ability and progressivity of drive they expect—on the track or touring top-down through the countryside.”

Michelin earned the opportunity to outfit the 2014 Corvette Stingray and then worked closely with the Corvette vehicle development team to design and engineer a tire that matches the vehicle performance. During the vehicle development process, Michelin performed more than 12,000 hours in tire design using state-of-the-art computer tire modeling and completing thousands of miles of subjective test driving. Harnessing its full arsenal of experience and technology, the company developed two Pilot® Super Sport® ZP tires unique to the Corvette Stingray, one for the standard coupe and convertible and another for either bodystyle with Corvette Stingray with Z51 Performance Package.

The MICHELIN Pilot® Super Sport® ZP summer tire technical advancements include:

  • Michelin’s most innovative ultra-high performance technology, including advances in the tread compound adapted for improved levels of both dry and wet grip.
  • Footprint shape designed by sophisticated computer modeling and analytic tools traditionally used to predict the stresses occurring in racing tires. This is the first time these tools have been used to achieve higher performance in a street tire.
  • A new, advanced Aramid cap ply specially tuned for optimum contact patch control for high speed and high performance tire handling and wear life. · A new specially adapted internal rubber compound to reduce rolling resistance and maximize overall vehicle fuel economy without compromising other performances.
  • Asymmetric run-flat inserts and carcass configuration are designed to broaden and emphasize a range of tire performances by focusing distinct functions to the appropriate sidewall.

When given the opportunity to develop a tire for the breakthrough next-generation Corvette, we knew we had to bring the best technology Michelin had to offer. The MICHELIN Pilot® Super Sport® ZP tire represents a significant advancement in what is possible for an ultra-high performance tire.

Lee Willard, lead Michelin technical engineer for the Corvette project

The coupe and convertible will arrive standard with MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport ZP tires, one version for the Corvette Stingray with Z51 Performance Package and another for the standard Corvette Stingray. The Z51 Performance Package takes the Corvette Stingray to a more aggressive level of performance, enhanced by Michelin’s additional tuning and development compared to the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport ZP found on the standard Corvette Stingray. With two versions of the Pilot Super Sport ZP, Michelin helps deliver the driving dynamics and performances of both Corvette personalities.

The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport ZP tire delivered as original equipment for the Z51 Performance Package is aggressively tuned to provide outstanding handling and grip and road-holding capability. The design was derived from a combination of technologies found on the MICHELIN Pilot® Sport Cup ZP tire that helped the 2012 Corvette ZR1 post a 7:19.6 Nürburgring lap time and from the significant gains from the development of the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tire.

The MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport ZP tire also features the next-generation of racetrack-born tread compounds found in the record-setting Pilot Sport Cup ZP of the C6 ZR1 and Z06. Unlike the MICHELIN tire fitted to the standard 2014 Corvette Stingray, the Z51 tire features a custom dual-tread compound and pattern that achieves near-racing-slick grip and handling levels, while providing longer tread life and wet handling capabilities.

Like the tires found on the standard Corvette Stingray, advanced computer-modeling techniques used to design American Le Mans Series racing slicks were applied to the Z51 Performance Package tires. The process resulted in tire structure and contact patches optimized specifically for racetrack-critical tire performances.